FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) After a recommendation from Major and Minor League Baseball, the TinCaps are pioneering additional netting at Parkview Field.
TinCaps General Manager Mike Nutter said the recommendation was made just a few months ago, back in December.
He said it’s worth it for the safety of the fans.
So on Monday, crews installed the expanded protective netting on the third- base line. Netting on the first- base side will be installed in the next few weeks.
“I tell people ‘there’s a reason that third-base and first-base coaches wear a helmet,’” Nutter said. “You’re just so close to the action.”
Nutter estimated there have been fewer than 10 significant injuries since Parkview Field opened in 2009.
“There is so much more going with social media and the connected age of cell phones and everything else that there are more distractions than ever,” Nutter said. “If [additional netting] prevents a couple [injures], we’re in a lot better shape than we were before.”
Even with the additional netting, there are about 1400 seats in the lower seating bowl outside it, according to Nutter.
The Kansas City Royals announced last week it was expanding the netting at Kauffman Stadium. It joins the Minnesota Twins in doing this at the Major League level. The West Michigan Whitecaps, another Midwest League team, announced a similar move in February.